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Posted September 18, 2012
Oregon at Work 1859-2009
Tom Fuller and Art Ayre ©2009
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207
Ppbk. 170 pp. plus resources and index
Fuller and Ayre not only wrote a history of occupations in Oregon during two hundred years, but also added stories of people involved. These personal histories, including about several generations of certain families add greatly to the readability of a well-written book. The authors chose a good mix of jobs found in Oregon during those years. Oregon at Work will interest history buffs and also regular readers of good books.
The 8.5 by 11 inch pages allow clear pictures of certain occupations, scenes and workers over the decades. Brief charts of various costs and wages from different ages bring the conditions of life alive and add to the pleasure of the accounts.